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State applies for SHOP insurance marketplace

JACKSON — On Aug. 28, the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued regulations that will now allow states to apply to operate a state-based free market Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace. “Mississippi is in a position to begin operation of a free market SHOP marketplace in the first quarter of 2014,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike ...

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Lighting fixtures manufacturer expanding, adding jobs

COLUMBIA — St. James Lighting is expanding its operations in Columbia to create 20 new jobs. The announcement came yesterday from the company and the governor’s office. Officials say the $225,000 investment will meet a growing demand for its products. The company currently has 23 employees. St. James Lighting manufactures handcrafted copper lighting fixtures and custom interior chandeliers and pendants. ...

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AG warning of WIN Job Center scam; 40 applicants swindled

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of a wanted con-artist currently perpetrating a clever employment scam in the State. The con, who identified himself as Brandon Williams with “Wipe Out Windows,” actually filed job orders with WIN Job Centers in Vicksburg, Greenwood and Forest. Williams, as he will be referred to until his identity ...

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State's jobless rate drops half-point, but workforce decreased

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state’s labor force shrank. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released today by the ...

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Baptist Memorial lays off nearly two-dozen managers

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A health care system based in Memphis has laid off 23 managers. Baptist Memorial Health Care says the cuts were across its 14-hospital system and included managerial layoffs in pathology, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiac catheterization. Baptist spokeswoman Ayoka Pond told The Commercial Appeal yesterday that the employees who were laid off can apply for other positions in ...

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More puzzling numbers reported on construction industry

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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Mayor issues hiring freeze as city faces budget deficit

CLINTON — Clinton’s mayor has ordered a hiring freeze and a hold on all major expenditures except for emergencies as the city tries to whittle down a predicted $259,000 budget deficit. The Clarion-Ledger reports Clinton officials recently learned of the looming deficit, which could grow or shrink depending on incoming revenues to the city between now and the end of ...

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City enacts one-year hiring freeze; faces a $1.1M deficit

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg has implemented a 12-month hiring freeze. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city is faced with a projected $1.1 million deficit when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen said the action is an attempt to prevent dipping into the city’s cash reserves. City accounting director Doug Whittington ...

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Enerfab unveils plans for yet another expansion

NATCHEZ — Enerfab Inc. plans a second expansion in less than a year at its Enersteel operation in Natchez. The $10-million investment, announced yesterday, is projected to create at least 45 jobs, raising the company’s employment total above 150. That comes on top of an $11-million, 20-job expansion announced in May. The company opened its Natchez location in the second ...

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